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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

No: Depending on the type of head deformity, such as in the case of craniosynostosis or premature closure of the plates forming the newborn skull, the treatment is surgery and is emergent. Your doctor can help you know if your child has this condition. ...Read more

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My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

2nd opinion: The term flat head is not very specific. A few may benefit from helmet therapy while a lot self correct. If the idea of waiting to see bothers you,get a 2nd opinion form another doc with appropriate experience evaluating these cases. ...Read more

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Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Pretty much: This is our standard of care for a baby to reshape head. Keep in mind she's up and around much more than she used to be so this may continue to improve on its own. What does your pediatrician say about it? Are her fontanelles still open? A plastics referral may be in order. ...Read more

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Im 17 with flat head, distance between my forhead and back of my head is ridicoulas. Is there no way this can be fixed without crainio a helmet maybe?

Im 17 with flat head, distance between my forhead and back of my head is ridicoulas. Is there no way this can be fixed without crainio a helmet maybe?

No: The cranial bones of an infant are not fused together, which allows for expansion as the brain grows. Because of this a helmet can correct a deformity in an infants skull. By the age of 17 most skull bones are fused and immovable. ...Read more

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Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

No brain injury: positional plagiocephaly means flattening of one side of skull usually becaue the babe always lies in the same position. Cosmetic problem only, however try to prevent by 'Tummy Time' and placing babe in different positions in car seat. ...Read more

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If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant? I am also giving her formula bottle .

If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant?  I am also giving her formula bottle .

Yes but: You may be contagious, but breast feeding is the best way to protect your baby from illness. Practice good handwashing, don't kiss your baby on the face, and keep breast feeding! hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen). She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen).  She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

Benedryl indication: Although the manufacturer does not indicate it's use in children under 2 years of age, it is not uncommon for it to be recommended 'off label' by pediatricians. Oral cetrizine is another antihistamine for allergies which does have a documented age indication for 6 months and up. Both of these medications can be safely administered with Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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I am very concerned about my baby's flat head syndrome. I am doing everything i can but i'm still worried her head will stay like that. Please give me?

I am very concerned about my baby's flat head syndrome. I am doing everything i can but i'm still worried her head will stay like that. Please give me?

Tummy time for play,: Back to sleep. See the aap's healthy child app or online at www.Aap.Org for age-appropriate toys & teaching. If there is no premature closure of sutures, the spaces between the skull bones, no treatment is needed. ...Read more

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How old must a infant be to wear a helmet for a skull fracture?

How old must a infant be to wear a helmet for a skull fracture?

Skull Fracture: Helmets are not routinely prescribed for the treatment of skull fracture in infants. More about head injury in children from Johns Hopkins http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/pediatrics/head_injury_in_children_90,P02604/ ...Read more

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What should I do if my infant has bumped head on 2 ft. Fall into a dresser?

What should I do if my infant has bumped head on 2 ft. Fall into a dresser?

He needs head images: In children less than two years of age, even minor head trauma can be complicated by skull fractures and intracranial injury. If you have an infant less than 12 months of age, that fell 2 feet in to a hard surface, he should be taken in to be seen by his pediatrician or to the er for imaging of his head as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What if my older infant still has an unusual head shape?

What if my older infant still has an unusual head shape?

Get an x-ray: If the head shape has not normalized by 3 months of age, skull x-rays should be taken to be certain that all of the separations ("sutures") between the skull bones are open. If they are open, the baby might be referred for evaluation for a skull molding helmet. If there is a question about the bones of the skull, a ct scan may be ordered to clarify the situation. ...Read more

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What does 90% percentile in infant head circumference mean?

What does 90% percentile in infant head circumference mean?

Relative study: His rating means that 10% of infants at this age have a larger head circumference (size) while 90% are smaller.If the size has increased from 25-50-75-90% over several months it would suggest growth was too rapid.If usually in that range, it just means the kid has a big head.It hasn't bothered me any, except for having trouble finding a helmet/hat that would fit.. ...Read more

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My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward. Worried I did damage..how do I know??

My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward.  Worried I did damage..how do I know??

Mgt: It is important to support her head, but if the head went only in one direction, it is probably alright. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP. If there is any change in her usual behavior or feeding pattern, please see the ED. ...Read more

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My infant seems to have or be developing an abnormally shaped head. What should I do?

My infant seems to have or be developing an abnormally shaped head. What should I do?

Tummy time: Tummy time is the answer for most of these things especially if the flattening is symmetrical and on the back of the head. However see your doctor before we make those types of assumptions, he may have a little bit of trouble turning his head in both directions all the way. These are usually mild problems and stretching resolves it along with tummy time. ...Read more

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My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape. Will his head assume a more normal shape?

Plagiocephaly: Infant skulls are soft often flatten. The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec ...Read more

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My head and face gets horribly deformed permanently like infant head every time i sleep i was born perfectly fine till puberty where it started im20.?

My head and face gets horribly deformed permanently like infant head every time i sleep i was born perfectly fine till puberty where it started im20.?

Anxiety Disorder: If your face becomes like a "baby face", there is nothing to be worried about! as a matter of fact many women spend thousands of dollars in order to get "baby face". So, look into your general wellbeing and see: "how are you?" are you happy in you life? If not; why? What is between you ; happiness? Now, "acne" is a treatable condition. I am sure when you are treated properly, you will feel fine. ...Read more